Ourselves as others see us

The following review / critique (on Going with Gabriel )appeared this morning on Amazon ... thought I'd share it with you ...

Remember how Tarantino's "From Dusk Till Dawn" turned from a baddie film into a vampire movie?

Well, this book switches from a thrilling page-turner into a vision. The vision of Farland, but a vision of heaven or hell? Farland is a fusion of the Nazis' Lebensborn project and a kibbutz. A mixture of an Amish community and the village in the cult TV series The Prisoner. In which the main character stops struggling and becomes a willing participant a la Winston Smith who came to love Big Brother.

Gabriel is certainly the hero in literary terms - the book revolves around him. But in moral terms, hero or anti-hero? His humanity, other-wordliness and musicianship certainly lend him endearing qualities. But at the same time Doctor Gabriel is an escapee from a scientific plot to gradually sterilise the human world willy-nilly (pun intended). To insist as he does "Just never forget, our intention was good. We all believed it to be right" is just not good enough and evokes shades of the justifications for the invasion of Iraq.

The book provokes debate as to the necessity to limit human numbers, but the debate is of itself anthropocentric. It begs the question of whether the fate of the Third Chimpanzee matters a rat's arse. Lovelock might argue that the planet will shrug off 6 million years of bipedals and 10 000 years of homo sapiens sapiens as a poor joke, not "the measure of all things".

Entertaining and thought-provoking. Highly recommended.

1 comment:

  1. Nice review! :-)

    Hope you're doing well and that Dee's eyes are better now? I read the blog post very belatedly.

    Best regards from blustery Morayshire

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